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Description Of Business

Description Of Business
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2011
Description Of Business [Abstract]  
Description Of Business

1. Description of Business

Codexis, Inc. ("us", "we" or "Codexis") is a developer of proprietary biocatalysts, which are enzymes or microbes that initiate or accelerate chemical reactions. We are currently selling our biocatalysts to customers in the pharmaceutical industry and are engaged in a multi-year research and development collaboration with Equilon Enterprises LLC dba Shell Oil Products US ("Shell") to develop biocatalysts for use in producing advanced biofuels. We are also pursuing opportunities in the bio-based chemicals market, including developing sustainable detergent alcohol for use in the household products market in collaboration with Chemtex, a wholly owned subsidiary of Italy's Gruppo Mossi & Ghisolfi ("M&G"). Additionally, we are using our technology platform to pursue biocatalyst-enabled solutions in other bioindustrial markets, including carbon management and water treatment. We were incorporated in Delaware in January 2002.